Evening Edition: Fragile Trump-McConnell alliance faces its biggest test yet with health care

The Take: Can the GOP sell its proposal to a skeptical public?; Health-care plan could launch ugly battles in state legislatures; ‘Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care,’ a GOP lawmaker said. The boos drowned him out.; Writing Senate proposal, Republican asks himself: ‘Does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?’; ‘Massive and coordinated piracy action’ alleged by Macron’s campaign ; The dark history at the heart of France’s election ; The 35 movies everyone will be talking about this summer; In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner’s sister flogs a $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to the wealthy Chinese; Texas officer who killed black teen could spend the rest of his life in prison; Trump wants to protect political speech at churches, but pastors say that isn’t necessary; If the Kentucky Derby is muddy today, this will be the horse to beat; Steven Seagal is banned from Ukraine for five years; ABC is reportedly close to deal to bring back ‘American Idol’; These schools are the best in the nation at challenging students;
 
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Fragile Trump-McConnell alliance faces its biggest test yet with health care
At stake is the long-term future of the health-care system and the near-term future of the GOP-controlled government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a consummate political insider, and President Trump, the ultimate outsider, will need to balance each other to score a major legislative victory.
The Take: Can the GOP sell its proposal to a skeptical public?
Few people outside the House fully understand the fine print of the new bill, and it’s likely many in the House aren’t totally fluent on the contents either.
 
The Fix | Analysis
Health-care plan could launch ugly battles in state legislatures
Even if a watered-down version of House Republicans’ legislation becomes law, states are probably going to be on the hook for billions of dollars of health-care costs, especially for the poor and sick.
 
‘Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care,’ a GOP lawmaker said. The boos drowned him out.
Rep. Raúl Labrador, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, made the comment at a town hall meeting in Lewiston, Idaho.
 
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Writing Senate proposal, Republican asks himself: ‘Does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?’
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) co-authored a proposal that he says would keep protections on people with preexisting conditions.
 
French Election
‘Massive and coordinated piracy action’ alleged by Macron’s campaign
The major hacking operation that made public thousands of emails and internal communications was under investigation. The breach was reported just as the official campaigning period ended.
 
The dark history at the heart of France’s election 
When polls open Sunday, French voters will be confronted with warring interpretations of the nation’s past from two candidates with starkly different visions for its future.
 
Critic’s Notebook
The 35 movies everyone will be talking about this summer
In a season when movie theaters traditionally turn into playgrounds overrun by testosterone and phallocentric humor — even more so than usual, that is — the summer of 2017 is decidedly and refreshingly she-focused.
 
In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner’s sister flogs a $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to the wealthy Chinese
Chinese citizens were urged to invest in a New Jersey real estate project for a chance to immigrate to the United States. But President Trump’s vow to crack down on immigration, as well as criticism from members of Congress, has led to questions about the future of a program known in China as the “golden visa.”
 
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Texas officer who killed black teen could spend the rest of his life in prison
Roy Durwood Oliver turned himself in after he was charged with murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was in a car full of teenagers leaving a party.
 
Trump wants to protect political speech at churches, but pastors say that isn’t necessary
An executive order allows political endorsements from the pulpit without fear of repercussions. But the vast majority of pastors and congregants say they find such endorsements inappropriate, regardless of the law.
 
Fancy Stats | Analysis
If the Kentucky Derby is muddy today, this will be the horse to beat
Predicting who will handle the 11⁄4-mile distance for the first time is tough enough, but there’s a limited amount of wet-track data for lightly raced 3-year-old colts.
 
Steven Seagal is banned from Ukraine for five years
A security letter did not specify what prompted the ban on the known friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the “Hard to Kill” actor was called a threat to national security.
 
ABC is reportedly close to deal to bring back ‘American Idol’
The production companies behind the music competition have settled on a “framework for an agreement” to put it back on the air, Variety reported. The show, which produced stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, ended its 15-year run on Fox last April.
 
Analysis
These schools are the best in the nation at challenging students
The Washington Post crunched the data from high schools around the country: the number of advanced tests given divided by the number of students who graduated that year. How well did your student’s school perform?
 
 
     
 
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